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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Datum narození: 22. srpen 1908
Datum úmrtí: 3. srpen 2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson byl francouzský fotograf považovaný za zakladatele moderní fotožurnalistiky. Jeho přístup k zachycení „rozhodujícího okamžiku“ ovlivnil mnoho následujících generací fotografů. Tak jako Willy Ronis a Robert Doisneau se řadí k francouzskému hnutí tzv. fotografického humanismu.


„Prvních 10 000 fotografií je nejhorších.“

„Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.“


„For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.“

„To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.“ Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

„It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.“ Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

„To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.“

„Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.“

„The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.“


„For the world is movement, and you cannot be stationary in your attitude toward something that is moving.“

„Sharpness is a bourgeois concept“

„In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv.“

„We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.“


„I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us, which can mold us, but which can also be affected by us. A balance must be established between these two worlds—the one inside us and the one outside us.“ Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

„Photography is simultaneously and instantaneously the recognition of a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact“

„To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
To take photographs means to recognize—simultaneously and within a fraction of a second—both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye, and one's heart on the same axis.“
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

„Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant. We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory. The writer has time to reflect. He can accept and reject, accept again; and before committing his thoughts to paper he is able to tie the several relevant elements together. There is also a period when his brain "forgets," and his subconscious works on classifying his thoughts. But for photographers, what has gone is gone forever.“ Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

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